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Columbia Arts Experience (CAE)


"I specifically came to Columbia yearning to take advantage of the arts mecca that embodies New York City, and after this internship experience, I finally feel not only connected to the arts network, but also ready to take on more."
-Adina Levin, CAE intern 

Program Overview

The Columbia Arts Experience (CAE) internship program is sponsored by the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CCE) in partnership with the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. Launched in the 2007-2008 academic year, CAE provides selected students with a New York-based internship in the arts. CAE interns participate in special events and educational programming designed to help students explore career possibilities in the arts industry.

CAE interns can find opportunities in the following fields listed below.  Internships for the 2015 year will be posted in the fall on a rolling basis on LionSHARE. 

  • Architecture
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music
  • New Media
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Writing/Media/Publishing

Program Features

The CAE program is a combination of internship experience at an arts organization, peer connections with other CAE interns and professional career development and support with a career counselor. Program features include the following: 

  • Pre-program training that includes program overview, professional skills workshops, panel discussion from arts professionals, and Q & A session with previous CAE interns.
  • Twelve-week internship for 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester. 
  • Mid-semester dinner with other interns to discuss and debrief on internship experiences.
  • One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten weeks to support and enhance the internship experience.
  • End-of-program reflection session where students and employers meet to acknowledge achievements made through the program. 

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CAE program, students will have gained a richer understanding of the arts industry in New York City and will have gained substantive professional experience working at some of the premier arts institutions of the world. Students will have learned about a wide variety of career possibilities, had opportunities to network with arts professionals and other CAE interns, and gained a more in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the many facets of an arts organization. With the support of a career counseling professional, students will also be able to articulate their experience and reflect upon their internship experience appropriately to highlight key transferable skills.


To learn more about the Spring 2017 CAE opportunities, search for positions in LionSHARE here. You may also find the positions under the jobs tab using the program label, CAE-Columbia Arts Exchange. A full list of the current positions is also here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program manager via e-mail as listed below.

Student Experiences

Interested in learning about other Columbia University students' experiences during their CCE sponsored internships? Click here to read about internship experiences from all of CCE's internship programs!

Information Sessions

Please attend one information session to learn more about CAE as well as other CCE Spring Internship Programs (KCCAP@CU, SIP and VIP).

Spring Programs Information Session

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30 - 6:30 pm

CCE Conference Room

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Spring Internship Programs Resume Workshop

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5:30pm - 6:30pm

CCE Conference Room

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Spring Internship Programs Interview Workshop*

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

 5:30pm - 6:30pm

CCE Conference Room

*Open to applicants of CAE, KCCAP@CU, SIP, & VIP, registration information to follow

Spring Internship Pre-Program Training

Friday, January 20, 2017

Internship Dates

January 23 - April 14, 2017

Reflection Session

Friday, April 21, 2017

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Program Contact

If you have questions about the CAE program or are an employer interested in hosting a student through the Columbia Arts Experience program, please feel free to contact:

Alison Smith
Associate Director, Experiential Education